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British victory in Giffoni

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Wondrous Oblivion by Paul Morrison, screened in the competitive “Free-to-Fly” section, took home the Golden Gryphon award for best film at the 33rd Giffoni Film Festival which ended on 26 July. The best short film accolade also went to a British production, Def by Ian Clark.
Host country Italy did well with two victories: the First Screens jury of 9-to 12-year-olds awarded the Golden Gryphon to A.A.A. Achille by Giovanni Albanese, starring Sergio Rubini, while best short went to Heterogenic by Raimondo della Calce.

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One-Way Ticket to Mombasa by Finland’s Hannu Tuomainen was deemed best feature in the Y-Gen category for 15-to 19-year olds and takes home the Jury Grand Prix. The best short in that section is Germany’s Greenhorn by Michael Kreuz.
In his closing speech, Claudio Gubitosi, the artistic director and co-founder of Italy’s premiere youth-orientated festival said: “During the 8 days of this edition, we had over 100,000 visitors. Soon we will start producing animated films branded Made in Giffoni.”
Nicola Bono the undersecretary of state for cultural affairs confirmed the excellent reputation that Giffoni enjoys “in the current financial climate of crisis, this is the only event to see its state funding increase from 370million lire to €200m.”

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(Translated from Italian)

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